Cruiserweight: 2011, Mar 28- Apr 3

There were no significant fights in the division this week.


For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Rankings:
Champ: None
1) Steve Cunningham
2) Marco Huck
3) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
4) Denis Lebedev
5) Troy Ross
6) Danny Green
7) Giacobbe Fragomeni
8) Ola Afolabi
9) Guillermo Jones
10) Yoan Pablo Hernandez

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Steve Cunningham (151*-354-354)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD12 #14 Enad Licina
Next Fight: Unknown
* Not actually sure how long he’s been rated #1, but it has been at least this number of weeks.
Cunningham defeated Licina, and will likely fight next in Sauerland’s Super Six.
2) Marco Huck (40-225-225)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- SD12 #6 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. Ran Nakash (UNR)
Huck is now scheduled to fight Israeli prospect Ran Nakash.  Not a bad short-notice opponent, but probably no match for Huck.
3) Denis Lebedev (15-60-60)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- L(SD12) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 5/22/2011- vs. Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
It’s now official.  Denis Lebedev will attempt to retire the unretirable Roy Jones, Jr., who despite a good broadcasting gig insists on scrambling his washed-up brains by picking fights with guys bigger and better than hm.  Any yes man who told Jones he should take the fight should be ashamed of himself, and I kinda think Lebedev should be, too.
4) Ola Afolabi (15-107-107)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO5 Lubos Suda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is probably the best fighter not set to fight in the Super Six.    His route to the top 5 was probably quieter than his peers, and he has the wrong promoter (Duva Boxing) for a division that’s now completely dominated by Sauerland.  It might be hard for him to get good fights in the near future.
5) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (7-40-40)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- KO7 #12 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
Reports suggest a clash with Guillermo Jones might be next.  So much for his being already in the Super Six, I guess.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (7-301-301)
Last Fight: 9/25/2010- UD12 Jason Robinson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Palacios should be his last fight before he enters Sauerland’s Super Six.  We’ll see how much a broken leg in the lead up to the fight will affect his performance.
7) Guillermo Jones (19-26-26)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reportedly considering fighting Yoan Pablo Hernandez in May.
8) Danny Green (19-69-69)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- UD12 #12 B.J. Flores
Next Fight: Unknown
Green has apparently recovered from emergency surgery and is ready to resume his career.  Good for him.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (19-124-124)
Last Fight: 11/5/2010- TKO6 Eduardo Ayala (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni sustained a cut in sparring and won’t be able to meet Marco Huck as planned- an unfortunate setback for the aging Italian.
10) Alexander Frenkel (19-19-28)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- KO7 #12 Enzo Maccarinelli
Next Fight: Unknown
Has apparently overcome his hand injury enough to begin training for a possible bout with Silvio Branco, though that fight is not yet signed.
11) B.J. Flores (4-40)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- L(UD12) vs. #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
Began calling out Lateef Kayode after Kayode’s lackluster win over Nick Iannuzzi.  It looks like Kayode doesn’t want that fight yet, and with good reason.  Flores boxes with a similar style to Iannuzzi, but with much more class.
12) Troy Ross (4-109)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD10 Carl Handy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I’m finally forced to give Ross more credit for his ill-fated impressive effort against Cunningham, since everyone immediately above him is losing.
13) Steve Herelius (4-39)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s always hard to come back from a knockout loss.  Herelius could become a go-to quality opponent for the guys locked out of the Super Six.
14) Enad Licina (4-40)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Enzo Maccarinelli (4-40)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(KO7) vs. Alexander Frenkel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Enzo has decided to soldier on after his devastating knockout loss to Frenkel.  He is now working with Joe Calzaghe and plans to fight at 175, possibly next against Nathan Cleverly.  I’ll keep him rated here until it becomes logically impossible for him to compete above 175 within a year of his last fight.
16) Lateef Kayode (4-19)
Last Fight: 2/4/2011- UD10 Nicholas Iannuzzi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Seems to be slowing his pace of activity after barely escaping with a win against Nick Iannuzzi.
17) Alexander Alexeev (4-11)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- L (KO2) vs. #7 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: 4/9/2011- vs. DeAndrey Abron (UNR)
Alexeev will look to bounce back on April 9 from his stoppage loss to Denis Lebedev last summer, meeting journeyman DeAndrey Abron.
18) Matt Godfrey (4-116)
Last Fight: 8/21/2010- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Never the most active fighter, we don’t yet know what Godfrey’s up to next after Marco Huck destroyed him.
19) Mateusz Masternak (3-4)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Ali Ismailov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak easily disposed of the pretty decent Ismailov, prompting his promotion to #19.  He has now defeated 2 gatekeepers a year apart.
20) Rogelio Rossi (3-11)
Last Fight: 1/14/2011- KO5 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


THE WEEK AHEAD: The division kicks back into high-gear this week.  Saturday will find #2 Marco Huck and #6 Krzystof Wlodarczyk both in action, with Huck facing undefeated Israeli prospect Ran Nakash in Westfalen, Germany.  Nakash isn’t really a worthy challenger for Huck yet, but he was a pretty decent guy to tap on about two weeks’ notice after #9 Giacobbe Fragomeni was cut in sparring.  Wlodarczyk fights another undefeated prospect in Poland in the form of Puerto Rico’s Francisco Palacios, who is maybe just a hair more proven than is Nakash.  Wlodarczyk normally would seem to be a shoe-in, but he had knee surgery just three or four months before the fight, so it’s hard to know if he was able to prepare fully.


In Friday’s action, Australian gatekeeper Anthony McCracken meets journeyman Mohamed Azzaoui in a place that’s seriously named “Wagga Wagga,” Australia, and former top-5 contender Firat Arslan returns against journeyman Michal Bilak in Berlin.

2 Responses to “Cruiserweight: 2011, Mar 28- Apr 3”

  1. anonsmoker Says:

    Good list. I think you under-rate Troy Ross…. I’m really not aware of a cruiser-weight that I think Ross would definitely lose to, and I can only say the same thing about Cunningham and Lebedev. He should be in the Top 10.

    Fragomeni should not be in the Top 10. Palacios should also be on your list, in the 8-12# region.

    • You might be right about Ross, but I rate solely on concrete accomplishment. Ross fights very infrequently and the last bout he did participate in was a huge waste of time against Carl Handy. He does deserve credit for his performance against Cunningham, but he’s very short on actual good wins, especially in the last couple years.

      Fragomeni definitely is on the downslope, but he did have a draw with then-second-ranked Wlodarczyk and a win over then-tenth-ranked Rudolf Kraj. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t believe anyone below him has a win or draw against top-10 competition yet.

      I’m going to have to get back to you regarding your opinion of Palacios. I’m actually behind on the ratings currently. These ratings apply to the week leading up to and including the Wlodarczyk-Palacios fight, so that result doesn’t figure in. I am going to try to find that fight on YouTube so I can decide how I feel about the result (a close decision like that in one guy’s back yard always raises red flags for me). As of these ratings, Palacios isn’t really close to a spot because he’s only once beaten a top 50 guy, and that was well over 3 years ago (Louis Azille in August ’07). If it so happens that he was robbed against Wlodarczyk, though, then I will rate him at least as high as you ask in my next rankings.

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